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Casino Tokens

Bi-metallic casino token from the Polana Casino
Bi-metallic casino token from the Polana Casino (Image from Martin Peeters)

   This is a bi-metallic token from the casino at the “Polana Hotel”, one of the top hotels in Mozambique’s capital Maputo and situated is one of the city’s most prestigious areas. The casino at the “Polana Hotel” was opened in October 1996. This token was first known to me in February 1999. The first side of the token shows the hotel’s logo - a wreath around a “P” and the word “Polana” in fancy italics. The second side shows the top of a palm tree such as those that surround the hotel in great numbers. Gambling laws in Mozambique state that places for gambling must be at least 50 kilometres away from the nearest city. The casino at the “Polana Hotel” gets around that aspect of the legislation by being a membership only club. One night membership can be easily obtained - so much to the rules!

    In 2004 I got two further tokens from the Polana Casino. One is Copper-Nickel and the other is Brass/Bronze. As with the bi-metallic piece, a denomination is not shown.


Bi-metallic casino token from the Polana Casino
One of my two Polana Casino tokens (scanned at 200dpi)

Bi-metallic casino token from the Polana Casino
The other of my two Polana Casino tokens (scanned at 200dpi)

   There is just one other casino in Mozambique, it is called the “Sol Libombos Casino”, it opened 30th May 1998 and it is located in the town of Namaacha which is close to the country’s border with Swaziland. This casino is over 50km from the nearest city and so it is open to the public - no need for membership. I do not know of any tokens for this casino but likely it uses some type or other.

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This page started with a bi-metallic casino token at April 2002.
This page revised and two more casino tokens added at July 2008.